A recent phenomenon that has proved a force to be reckoned with is Afro-House Music. Globally and regionally, afro house music is something that is here to stay. One can’t help but sway back and forth to the gentle yet stimulating afro house beat sounds. It unites all Africans as the main sound is the drum which is traditionally heard in all parts of the continent. The drum fuses with classic jazz sounds and modern house music sounds is what it makes it so irresistible. Or so they say.
Personally, I don’t see what the hype is. I find beauty in the sounds of Fela Kuti, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Bi Kidude and the likes. These are real African musicians. They took something so pure and preserved it, they gave African music a platform and a voice that was heard all over the world. Who can forget Miriam Makeba’s “Maliaka?” or Fela Kuti’s “Beng Beng” Who would want to? What makes music from that era so special was the purity of it; these legends were proud to be African and were not afraid to show it. They often performed in their respective African clothes singing about African issues and African struggles that moved people to tears. Their sound is authentic and identifiable, you know who you are listening to the minute the song starts playing.